L.A. Noire, an almost open world game set in the year 1947 puts you in the role of a police officer in the LAPD. You are tasked with solving crimes by searching locations, finding clues, interrogating people and using your powers of deduction to make sense of what actually happened to ultimately find and arrest the perpetrator/s. It involves a lot of driving, either to get to locations or in pursuit of people fleeing by car. Apart from that, you also have to chase people on foot and sometimes just shoot it out, however the emphasis of the game is very much on the detective part - the shootouts are just easy action intermezzos. There are a couple of side missions and some collectible items strewn across the large accessible map. Usually, these ingredients, especially when the game is made by Rockstar, will lead to an easy blockbuster hit.
However, the game does have its ups and downs. The driving is enjoyable because it is in my opinion more difficult than in GTA - to really handle you car well, you need to combine braking and the handbrake efficiently when going around a corner. The town is beautifully designed and there is a lot to discover - but it feels like most of it is not used in cases or side missions. The soundtrack will annoying if you're not into that era's music, which I am not, but if you like movies from that period, you will find yourself right at home in the surroundings.
The centerpiece of the game of course is solving cases and most of this is done interviewing people and guessing from their answer, their mimics and the clues you have found whether they are saying the truth or whether they are lying and if so, whether you can prove that with some clue. I often found this annoyingly difficult and once you make a mistake, you have to restart from a checkpoint long before and replay all the stuff until the interrogation to get another shot. Thus, replayability is not a strength of this game.
I recommend this game especially if you have some historic interest in the time the game plays in and if you like a hard detective game. Otherwise, give it a try but expect that it might not be for you.